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On Doing the Best You Can

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A lonely young man

Synopsis by Mr. Tomasio Rubinshtein

Life is inherently imperfect. We can't always achieve our desired outcomes or attain the level of "perfection" we envision. However, this doesn't negate the value of striving for excellence.
Giving your best effort doesn't guarantee an ideal result. Some individuals may simply have a higher capacity for a particular task, allowing them to excel even with less experience. This doesn't have to diminish your own efforts in the races of life.
Humans possess varying strengths and limitations. Some limitations are inherent, while others can be improved upon through dedication and practice. The key lies in understanding your unique capabilities and striving for excellence within that framework.
The true measure of success lies in making the most of the cards you've been dealt, and accomplishing your ambitions despite the hardships. Whether you possess exceptional talent or face significant challenges, continuous improvement is the key.
The concept challenges the notion that "doing your best" equates to achieving perfection. Perfection is often an unrealistic ideal, and some tasks may simply fall outside our natural strengths or capabilities. We all have inherent limitations, but that shouldn't always excuse us from doing the best we can.

Striving for Excellence Despite Challenges

Existence is imperfect, and you can't always get what you want or think you deserve. However, that doesn't mean you can't try to be the best you can in whatever field you work in, regardless of the end goal. Even if you fail, it doesn't mean you didn't try your best—although in most cases, there is room for improvement.

And it is best to try and fail rather than to not try at all. If you're not going to try, how are you going to have a chance to reach peak performance? Doing the best you can allows you to optimally reduce the chances of failure. Then, this rate of performance not only becomes highly beneficial, but necessary as well, for accomplishment to be likely made.

For the contemporary world is a competitive landscape, hindered only by monopolies and syndicates of people and groups. Companies strive to pick the top candidates, and a single misstep can weaken your position both before (the interviewing) and after joining the organization.

This pressure to be perfect can be overwhelming, especially when faced with limited options. As such many Americans suffer from work-related stress, and the paradox lies in striving to be good so much that your own stress hinders you. Stress is indeed one of the reasons people miss work days.

See how your emotions work against you, unless you keep them in greater check by their reduction.

Most people have two choices: hone their presentation skills to stand out in a competitive job market or rely on someone else's financial support. However, those with disabilities may have a third option, depending on their circumstances. In my country, for example, disability benefits offer a safety net, allowing individuals to prioritize their well-being and only seek work when necessary.

This doesn't negate the pursuit of excellence. Even with limitations, there's always room to grow. People living on welfare do not have to be deadbeat klumniks.

Whether it's refining your skills within your field, advocating for disability awareness, or simply finding ways to live a fulfilling life, there are countless paths to personal growth.

Finding My Path: A Personal Story

Technically, I never worked full-time because such a trial would only worsen my mental health. Before I started this website, I volunteered in National Service, but I eventually had to stop. The tasks weren't inherently difficult, but the monotony triggered extreme periods of exhaustion. In part, this caused a "Reaping Fatigue Era", a 5 year period where I only got tired and more tired until I became physically disabled in 2023 from all the exhaustion.

To be free of that neurological imprisonment, I forced myself to develop a neurological technique that kills off much of my emotions -- the Inner Murder technique. Just to earn back my physical freedom, I had to sacrifice some of who I was. This worked, too.

Because of that period's resolution, this website improved significantly. The resolution allowed me to contribute meaningfully without succumbing to the pressure of a traditional job.  Stress not only exhausts me but also translates as physical pain.

This brings me back to the original point: doing your best doesn't always mean being perfect or even ideal. A person in a wheelchair won't do well when tasked with climbing stairs, and a blind man won't necessarily navigate a new location as well as a seeing man. In other words, doing your best is about capacity, not merit.

Even skilled individuals have limits. Ironically, someone with a higher capacity but less inherent talent might surpass you in the long run because their skills can improve significantly over time. The key is to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and then strive for excellence within that framework.

Let's take gaming as an analogy. Two players with the same amount of experience can have vastly different levels of competence. One player might have a natural aptitude for the game, leading to faster skill development. Judging someone's skill solely on experience is a fallacy. It's like the generalization that all elderly people are wise – age alone doesn't guarantee wisdom.

In-depth research articles, as such, are beyond my capacity, only if I choose to perceive pain as insufferable. Then, the research and the writing process would be too demanding, causing the stress and physical pain I mentioned earlier, either way. The right approach goes a long way.

So rest assured that I strive for excellence as a writer and site owner. Longtime users of Philosocom are evident to the numerous changes I've implemented on the platform – all proof to my dedication to continuous improvement to my work.

The Continous Evolution of Website Management

One might think that creating a website is a one-time endeavor. However, I've learned firsthand that website management is practically an endless flow of work. This truth became abundantly clear during weekly consultations I had with a certain consultant.  She constantly presented me with tasks, emphasizing the need for continuous adaptation in website design and interface.

This concept aligns perfectly with the notion of striving for excellence within your limits. While a large corporation might have the resources for a complete website overhaul every year, for me, excellence lies in making steady and gradual improvements. That's done by constantly tweaking and refining the user experience based on my capacity, knowledge and the ever-evolving landscape of website design.

The journey of website management, though demanding at times, allows me to share my insights and contribute meaningfully to the world of philosophical exploration, despite my ills and disabilities.

Disabilities do not have to be a very large problem when you're tenacious enough to be right for the job. Therefore, doing the best you can is also a matter of tenacity, a drive to succeed despite all opposing odds. Think beyond the disability, think beyond why you can't do something. Identify what needs to be done for greater advancement, and focus on it the best you can. Only then you'll have the least amount of odds standing between you and your goals.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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